Without any legal status, macro-waste is defined by the Ramoge Agreement as "waste produced by human activity, floating on the surface or immersed, transported by sea currents or by rivers to the coast and deposited on beaches ".
This type of waste generally escapes traditional waste management circuits after being abandoned in a natural environment, thrown into the sea or blown away by the wind. It can then either accumulate in the sea, where it may be ingested by wildlife, or end up on the beach.
This waste therefore represents a threat to wildlife and an eyesore on the coast.
A bottle abandoned on a beach. Without the photographer's intervention, the bottle would not have been recycled. © Arnaud Bertrande / Photographie CC by-nc-sa 2.0